This ape is all seeds and nuts, his eyebrows all chili!
On Sunday September 11, 2011 I visited Tiel in Gelderland, (a province of Holland) to check out Fruit Corso, a celebration of… well… fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts!
Fruit Corso started in 1961 as a way for nine villages in the surrounding area of Tiel to promote local produce. Displays on corsowagens (floats) became more and more complex with various teams trying to out-do each other to win the coveted prize of best float in the parade.
The displays consist of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, but arranged in ways you have never seen before. The designs aim to be unique and original and are constructed by volunteers over many many hours (after often months of planning). There are not only floats, but also mosaics displayed along Tiel’s canals as well as a junior section for children to display decorated go-carts or bicycles.
The official website of the Fruit Corso can be found here. It is in Dutch, but Google translate does a great job (especially if you are using the Chrome browser).
So what were the floats like? In a word AMAZING! I have uploaded my photos to Flickr so you can see them all there. I want you to be in no doubt: Every square inch of every float you see is covered in fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds, all glued onto frames fashioned in various shapes displaying such things as monkeys, fashionable women, norse gods and chicken embryos:
Baby chick floating on a sea of cabbage!
There are no artificial colours, there is no paint, no marbles or tricks… it is all fresh and all real. if you cannot see the photos below, they can be found on my Flickr account here.
Feeling keen to see it in person? I strongly recommend you do so… it is a unique experience and isn’t that what travel is all about? Seeing things you are not likely to see anywhere else? I guarantee you will see that at the next Fruit Corso!
The next Fruit Parade in 2012 will take place on Saturday, September 8, 2012 (it is an annual event).
The floats will be exhibited on:
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
There is also an accompanying pop concert, appropriately called ApplePop. The official website for ApplePop is here.
Plus as an added bonus, there is a large market in the center of town that weekend…. something for everyone!